Blogging On The Go // Dell XPS 13

Since I live the life of a nomad, never living here or there, blogging has been a huge blessing to me. It allows me to stay connected with those I love, share my experiences, and my business goes where I go! I can blog from anywhere in the world, and that is made even easier with the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. It's light weight, sleek, and incredibly innovative. It makes keeping up with my blog, while traveling, a breeze!

What makes the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook so amazing, you ask? Well, the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook is the smallest 13-inch on the planet, fitting a stunning 13.3 inch display on an 11 inch size laptop. I love how the screen reaches nearly to the edge of the laptop itself, it really helps to show off photos while I'm blogging and editing. It has the worlds first infinity display (on a laptop) and weighs a tiny 2.6 pounds. It has a high performance, it's the Dell XPS 13 Laptop with 5th Generation Intel Core Processor, industry leading battery life (with up to 15 hours + 7 with the Dell Power Companion), Quad HD Display that has 5.7 million pixels (which is over 4.4 more than the MacBook Air 13 with HD), easy inputs, and it consists of premium materials with maximum durability!

I'm a sucker for fancy features, so the touch screen has completely won me over! I love that I can quickly reach up and click on whatever I'm looking for, rather than reaching back for the touchpad. I can open multiple screens at once, type, and quickly slide back to a previous page, all with the touch screen! I've had a blast with this laptop, so far.

Have you tried the new Dell XPS 13? It is perfect for those Individuals who travel a lot regardless of their profession and are looking for the best technology and a stylish design with the utmost mobility. Or for those who prioritize mobility but aren’t willing to give up the productivity of an attached keyboard or larger screen.

You can buy your Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook HERE or HERE

#XPS @Dell @Intel


Keep It Simple

For me, this year is about simplifying and living with more intent. This has included a lot of closet purging; I've been getting rid of a bunch of my belongings. I just want to keep things simple and clutter free. This process has me realizing the practicality of my wardrobe. So as I've gotten rid of things, I've added others that are more classic and will last longer. I've been working to build a more mature, practical, and timeless wardrobe.

That has meant that things have become a bit more casual, as well. This striped tshirt from SheInside joined the team, recently, and I love it. It's so soft and wonderfully oversized. I know it's something I'll reach for, all summer. To dress up the outfit a bit, I added my trench coat, which is always a classic choice and one I'm reaching for a lot, lately.

tshirt- c/o sheinside
trench- tobi
jeans- calvin klein
shoes- sam edelman
sunglasses- c/o proof eyewear
necklace- c/o the land of salt

What is your focus for 2015? If you've lost momentum since the new year, remember that you can always start now.

P.S. you can shop my closet HERE!


Homemade Fry Sauce Recipe // Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias

You can always spot a Utahn by watching how they eat their french fries. If a person seems to be dipping their fries in a pink mixture, then chances are, they are from Utah. We have developed the best way to eat french fries, and no other way will do! Now, I'm not a huge potato-fry-fan... but there is something about sweet potato fries that I cannot get enough of. Ask any of my co-workers and they will tell you all about how I have converted them to my sweet potato fry-eating-ways. While they are delicious plain, I have figured out what makes them taste even better... We're talking addictingly good... And you can thank Utah for what I'm about to teach you.

Lemon Juice
Sweet Potato Fries
I recently found the Alexia Sweet Potato Fries while shopping at Walmart, and I couldn't resist. They're all natural, high quality, and so versatile! Perfect for this recipe. Alexia also makes amazing onion rings and crinkle cut fries!

Place the fries on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 F
In a bowl, mix equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise (the amounts you add are up to you. It depends on how many fries, people, and dip you want). Add a teaspoon (more or less, depending on the amount of dip you're making) of lemon juice, then whisk it all together until no clumps remain.

When the fries are done, I like to add a little extra sea salt, then dip and enjoy!

I found them on the top shelf and took the last bag. Whew!

How do you like to eat french fries, onion rings, or sweet potato fries? Be sure to try the Alexia Fries from Walmart, they're delicious!

P.S. Check out Alexia Foods on Pinterest and Facebook for more ideas!


My Social Life // Night On The Town Sweepstakes

The Persil® brand provided me with a sample of Persil® ProCleanTM laundry detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

These days, my social life is practically non-existent. I just live so far away from everyone and everything, so most of my nights are spent at home, in sweat pants, with my nieces and nephews. We spend our time watching movies, playing games, and reading Harry Potter (which is as much for me as it is for them). The other day, one of my bffs told me that I am a "closet anti-social". My instagram gives off the vibe of someone living a very sociable life. But in reality, I don't... And I like it... I really need to work on having a social life. I should be savoring these young, single, adult years! So, this Friday I have dinner plans with a friend and I am so excited to get out and live my young, single, adult life! I know it's not much, but it's a step in the right direction. And you better believe I'm already outfit planning...

Since we're just doing a casual dinner, I want something that is simple and laid back; and there's nothing more laid back than jeans and a white tshirt! I dressed it up a little with my pink rose kimono and some gold jewelry. I'm not typically a pink kind of girl. But lately, and I think it has everything to do with Spring, I have been loving the light, simple pinks. There's something about a soft pink that is so calming (I have heard soft pinks are actually the most calming colors).

To keep my white tshirts (and really, all of my clothing), bright, spot free, and "night on the town" ready, I've been sure to use my new Persil® ProCleanTM products. The Persil® ProCleanTM detergent comes in three forms- Power-Liquid, which contains a powerful combination of stain-fighters that help break down stains for an exceptional clean. Power-Pearls, an innovative new kind of detergent that is loaded with Pro-White technology for dazzling whites (also for colors). As well as in Pre-measured Power-Caps detergent capsules which combines Pro-Lift Stain Removers plus a Brightness Formula for a premium clean. You can find Persil® ProCleanTM products in store only at Walmart!

I will say that the smell is quite strong, so if you're not a fan of high scent in your laundry, then this product is not for you. But I recommend everyone giving it a try, it really does the job, well!

Even the Persil® ProCleanTM products are ready for a night on the town! Just look at that snazzy packaging! (it came with the bow tie, how adorable is that?!)

kimono- h&m
tshirt- zara
jeans- nordstrom
shoes- c/o sven clogs
rings- c/o prismera, fifth & mae, & gifts from family
bracelet- the wonderland boutique

Want to try Persil® ProCleanTM for yourself? Enter the sweepstakes in conjunction with the launch of Persil® ProCleanTM. You can win a year supply of Persil® ProCleanTM and a premium night out on the town. Premium night on town includes a $300 Nordstrom.com gift card, $200 OpenTable.com gift card, and a $150 Uber.com card credit! A second place winner will also receive a year supply of Persil®! CLICK HERE to enter! (Sweepstakes will run through 4/12/15.)


Welcoming Spring With A Tea Party // Carrot Cake Nest Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MMsCarrotCake #CollectiveBias

I think, and I don't want to jinx it, but I think Spring is finally here! I couldn't be happier about it; Winter was really getting me down. But the birds are singing, the temperature is rising, and I even saw some buds on the trees! I wanted to welcome Spring with open arms, this year, so I decided to throw a Springtime Tea Party! I found the new M&M's® Carrot Cake while shopping at Walmart the other day, and that is when this party idea formed itself in my mind. I couldn't resist the idea of a beautiful, antique, and delicious Spring Tea, so I got to work.

I spent the next few days gathering the antiques my sister and I have (we each have a silver tea set, so it was perfect) and purchasing a few new ones; like those beautiful rose colored glasses and gloves. I made "egg shell starters" and set them in little egg cups as the party favors; that way our guests could get Springtime "growing" in their own home, too. I served finger sandwiches and a baked brie pastry, with bowls of M&M's® at each end of the table for snaking. But the pièce de résistance was the dessert...

Carrot Bundt Cakes with a Toasted Coconut Nest filled with M&M's® Carrot Cake as the eggs.
So delicious and so adorable! Here's how I made them...

I used THIS recipe for the carrot cake, substituting the oil for melted butter. It's the perfect recipe, moist and light and I had no trouble making the mini bundt shapes. Then I stuck them in the freezer while I worked on the nests. 

1 lb Coconut
1/2 cup Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
1 bag of M&M's® Carrot Cake

Spread the coconut on a cookie sheet and place in the oven at 350 for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the coconut is toasting, melt the butter in a sauce pan on low. Once the coconut has started to brown, remove it; then add the vanilla and coconut to the melted butter and stir together. When it's cool enough to touch, spoon the mixture like cookie dough onto the cookie sheet, then bake in the oven for 5 minutes. When the nests start to thicken, remove from the oven and use a spoon to press them down and make the nest shape then place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or less.

When the nests have cooled enough to not melt the M&M's® Carrot Cake but are still warm enough to manipulate, place a couple of the M&M's® Carrot Cake in the center and press down so they stick.

Remove your cakes from the freezer and cover with powdered sugar or frosting. Then place the finished nests on top and serve.

Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but the food at this party was amazing! I was so proud of my hard work. The Carrot Cakes turned out exactly like I wanted them to, and everyone loved them! The party was a success, and it was all thanks to M&M's® Carrot Cake.

How are you welcoming Spring? Have you tried the new M&M's® Carrot Cake?
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